Clifton School and Nursery
Clifton’s Got Talent hit new heights this year, as nine finalists took part in the closest final yet.
Even before the final began, each class teacher had already undergone the difficult task of selecting the finalists from more than 100 singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and magicians who auditioned this year, proving that Clifton really does have a huge array of talent.
The chosen acts did not disappoint though, as each dazzled the live audience of parents, classmates and teachers with their performances.
Year 3’s Noah bravely opened proceedings with a colourful performance of Any Dream Will Do, which he later revealed he would be performing in a full production of Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat in York this October.
Imogen was up next, performing Rewrite the Stars from The Greatest Showman with a routine of both gymnastics and signing, which the judges agreed was a remarkable feat for someone in Reception.
The only group to reach the final this year were the Year 1 pairing of Millie and Arabella, who collaborated superbly as the ‘Belle Ballerinas’, showcasing some promising ballet skills and excellent teamwork.
The first musician of the day followed, as Year 2’s Sebastian impressively both sang and played piano to another number from The Greatest Showman, A Million Dreams.
Songs from films were clearly popular this year, and Reception’s Noah was the next to take to the stage. In full character make-up and with a ukulele, he delivered a charming rendition of Remember Me from the Pixar film Coco.
Taking a song from hit musical Hamilton, Year 3 pupil Charlie followed, and wowed the audience with his dramatic and powerful evocation of Alexander Hamilton in Right Hand Man.
Tabitha from Year 2 was the next contestant to get into character, delivering a moving version of How Far I’ll Go from another hit film, Moana.
In the second dance performance of the final, Year 1’s Travis took on the persona of Michael Jackson, performing an energetic solo routine to Billie Jean.
The show closed with a note-perfect piano performance of Rondo by Year 3’s Jinyi.
As the panel of Madame Knighton, Mrs Adam and Miss Moore began their deliberations on who this year’s champion would be, the audience were treated to a special performance from Sixth Former Phoebe, who shared a preview of Adele’s Bond theme, Skyfall, the song she would be singing at the St Peter’s Cabaret later that night.
The judges returned to the room to announce a decision that would make Clifton’s Got Talent history – there would be two winners! The two inseparable acts were Year 3 pupils Charlie and Jinyi, who all agreed had given performances that belied their years.
Ali Headlam-Morley, who hosted the show and helped the School Council organise it, said: “It’s fitting that we should have two winners this year, given the incredible number of excellent performances we have seen from all those who auditioned. It was always going to be so hard to pick a winner! With that in mind, each of our nine finalists should be incredibly proud that they made it to the last stage and impressed the live audience so much. An extra big well done to our two fantastic winners, and a huge thank you to the children in our School Council who organised this tremendous competition.”